Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South

Ralph C. Wood (Author)

Product Details

$28.50  $26.22
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publish Date
September 01, 2005
6.2 X 0.9 X 9.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Ralph C. Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University.


In this excellent and lucid study of O'Connor's theological and cultural convictions, Wood relates the grotesque in O'Connor's work to her understanding that Christianity requires an all-or-nothing response. . . Anyone pursuing study of O'Connor's work will enjoy this book. Recommended.

The Virginia Quarterly Review
An admirably lively study of that particular mix of fundamentalist fire and Southern riotousness underlying O'Connor's works of fiction. . . Without undue sermonizing, this book does double duty as a readable guide to the theological bases of sin and salvation in O'Connor's fiction, and as a tribute to how bravely and viscerally O'Connor's voice speaks to whatever -- or whoever -- swings in the backs of our twenty-first-century minds.

Publishers Weekly -- Starred Review
Ralph Wood, one of our most astute critics of Christianity and literature, offers a splendid study of O'Connor, one of our most enigmatic Southern writers. . . Wood's elegant exploration of her theological reading of Southern culture provides fresh insight into her relevance for us today.

Southern Literary Journal
Altogether engaging. It is good to be reminded just how philosophically and theologically aware O'Connor was.

Catholic Library World
O'Connor has been the subject of several recent literary studies, but Wood merits special note for his insightful book. . . Highly recommended to all academic libraries and O'Connor fans.

Mississippi Quarterly
Not only is Wood's book cogently and passionately argued, it also demonstrates that there are still new insights to be gleaned from theological approaches to O'Connor -- the well isn't dry, after all.